Detective Beck Stryker has a lot to juggle: his long-distance relationship with FBI profiler Zach Littman, the family issues of cop widow Marybeth Halliday and her two boys, and the ups and downs of being out and proud. To top it off, Beck must work with his closeted ex-lover Van on the case of a skeleton discovered in the woods.
FBI profiler Dr. Zach Littman has been working on an exit strategy for months. Every time he’s on the brink of resigning, Minneapolis Unit Director Sands comes up with “one more case,” one that only Zach can manage. It’s a situation that frustrates Beck. Zach has promised he’ll leave the FBI and profiling behind—as soon as his Colorado medical license comes through. It may be easier said than done. Zach has reservations about uprooting his life and moving to Denver.
A killer leaves a grisly invitation insisting Zach participate in a deadly game, the rules of which are known only to the psychopath. It’s clear taking out Zach is on the killer’s to-do list, and he won’t stop until it’s done. Beck and Zach must capture the killer before the psychopath finds Zach and declares Game Over.
This is a wonderful example of how the criminally insane mind works to keep the police following the clues and coming up empty. Beck the lead detective of the task force feels like he is spinning his wheels when his case leads to a case in another jurisdiction. He is also dealing with a long distance relationship where Zach lives in Minneapolis.
Zack is a profiler with the FBI and is trying to tie up loose ends and move to Denver to live and work with Beck. Zack is one of the best profilers, and his boss is really giving him a hard time. Just when everything is working out a new body shows up, with a note written to Zack inside the body. It starts this confusing and twisted walk through three different serial killers that are somehow connected.
As Beck and Zack work their way through the clues and dead ends each following what they feel is important, their relationship takes a backseat. Can they live through the danger and death threats? Will their relationship survive? Just how many killers are their?
This book is well written, I was guessing through the entire way as to why the killer did things the way they were done. Beck is an amazing person who is always right there on the front line willing to protect and service even if it’s not needed. Zack shows how the stresses of the job can begin to make a person almost not human, and how he needs Beck to bring him back to the real world.